[Ed. – The poll is skewed by Democrats, who overwhelmingly support the change, which makes this reminiscent of the filibuster debate. In other words, should the Constitution ever be so amended, they will clamor to change it back when one of their candidates wins the presidency via the Electoral College but loses the popular vote to a Republican.]
By roughly a two-to-one margin, Americans say they would prefer if presidential elections were decided by the national popular vote as opposed to the Electoral College. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of Americans believe that presidential elections should be decided based on the national popular vote, while about one-third (32%) believe they should be decided through the Electoral College.
Democrats, who have witnessed two Democratic presidential candidates win the popular vote while losing the Electoral College in the past two decades, overwhelmingly favor electing U.S. presidents by the popular vote. More than eight in ten (81%) Democrats say presidential elections should be decided based on the popular vote, and only 17% say the Electoral College should determine the winner of presidential elections. In contrast, Republicans are split over how presidential elections should be decided: Fewer than half (46%) say they should be decided by the popular vote, while a slim majority (51%) favor the Electoral College. Political independents do not differ appreciably from the public overall.
The popular vote is particularly popular among black Americans.